Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for MSNBC.com, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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  • Mobile HDTV? Korea brings the future to you

    Even if you thought you didn’t need hi-def TV in your car, or while walking on the street, or while frolicking in the fields, Korea will convince you otherwise. Those crazy guys at LG have invested seven billion woolongs, er, won, in R&D just so that you can watch “Desperate Housewives” on the bus as it airs. They’ve made it so no extra frequencies are required, just… Read More

  • Nokia 5610 incoming with FCC's blessing


    I actually almost took this phone’s little brother, the 5310, when I switched over to T-Mobile. Nice and compact, decent media playing ability. Looks like the 5610 sports all the good stuff the 5310 has, but better camera and battery life and probably a lot of changes that would be more noticeable to a person who had the old version. I imagine you can expect it to bust into your… Read More

  • Girl gets a creepy counterculture note in box instead of iPod


    Some poor kid was expecting to receive a new iPod (Touch or Classic not specified) but instead received what appears to be a viral message from either a filthy commie or Adbusters. The note instructed her to reclaim her mind from the “media’s shackles” and read a book. It doesn’t say which book, but I’m guessing not something from Oprah’s Book Club. It… Read More

  • XBL accounts pwn3d, Microsoft does nothing


    An XBL user has reported that his account has been hacked for apparently the third time just recently. The hacker actually responded to a message from the hackee with the message above, pleading ignorance of the previous hacks, and from his complex grammar and use of elaborate codes (“eevr” and “neevr”) we may deduce that these people are highly educated, organized… Read More

  • WSU students will get discounted TiVos and be hooked for life


    I wonder if they’ll be shipping out little samples of crack with those DVRs – because in my experience, people who go TiVo rarely go back, and when you only need to lay out $125 for a year’s worth of services, tuner included. Because these kids weren’t watching enough TV already. Actually it’s pretty much good for everyone who goes for it; you don’t have… Read More

  • Metal Slug 3 coming to XBLA in T-Minus 5 days


    The arcade classics are coming back in force, and one of the big daddies of them all is certainly the Metal Slug series. Metal Slug 1, 2, and X were fantastic, but Metal Slug 3, in my opinion, stands apart as simply the best run-and-gun game of all time. Not only is it beautiful, but the branching paths, extra weapons, and co-op multiplayer will keep you entertained for years. You can get it… Read More

  • Robot portrait artist to replace the French entirely


    Roboteer Sylvain Calinon, who dabbles in human-robot interaction, has created a robot specially designed to put an entire class of Frenchman out of business. He’s Swiss, so that makes some sense, but all national rivalries aside he’s made a pretty cool little bot. This thing has facial recognition built in, and snaps a picture when you sit down in front of it. It then draws you… Read More

  • Nikon D60 to replace D40x, still has a booty lens mount

    Nikon’s D40x, 10-megapixel version of the D40 released inexplicably only four months after the D40, is set to be replaced by the new D60 line. There aren’t a lot of details, but considering the price point and previous capabilities of their cameras along that line, you can probably expect a perfectly decent camera crippled by its lack of autofocus support for much of… Read More

  • Pantech's "Romantic Wave" – a good phone for your significant other

    Feeling loverly? This cute little phone would go great with that purse, although if your girlfriend is a gearhead she may be disappointed. But who can resist that little pink jewel? Every time you send, it’s like a baby Rudolph is giving your thumb an Eskimo kiss. The only stat I could gleam was that the thing only has a 1.3-megapixel camera, so despite having a price tag topping $400… Read More

  • Hairy DIY mouse responds to your caress


    This unholy union of wiimote and tribble looks to be a pretty relaxing way to move your cursor around, but somehow I don’t see it catching on in the mainstream. All you need to do is cannibalize a normal optical mouse, make sure it’s got batteries and a “hull” and you run your thumb over the sensor, making for a sort of optical trackball. Looks pretty weird, but it… Read More

  • Samsung's got a 31-inch OLED display for you


    The arms race has begun. Sony unveiled a 27-inch prototype last month, and Samsung decided it had better get in on the game. They say the screen they’ve created is 4.3mm thick, which is kind of ridiculous, and uses up half the juice as an LCD screen the same size. They’ll be displaying it at CES, and you can bet your sweet hiney we’ll be getting a few snaps of that thing.

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  • Hollywood to go bankrupt archiving films digitally

    Throughout the last century, the dominant method of film preservation was sticking the master reels into a temperature and humidity-controlled vault deep in the desert. This method ends up costing about a grand a year. Films stored on digital media, however, cost more than ten times as much to archive. And when the entire movie has been digitally created from start to finish (shot on digital… Read More

  • Vaporware 2007: The tech that should have been


    It’s the usual suspects; if you read last year’s list, you won’t be surprised by many of the contenders. And although it’s said every year, I really think we’ll see a lot of these things in 2008. I’m guessing the Optimus Keyboard will see a limited release, XP SP3 will be released now that the Vista rush (such as it was) is over, and even Spore and the… Read More

  • Tired of viral marketing? Want to punch Judd Apatow?

    http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swfBacklash on FunnyOrDie.com Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m a little disappointed that there’s no slam dunk line like “I’ve got a murder boner!” but viral marketing needs all the beatings we can give it, even if they’re sketch comedy beatings. I’m suspicious, though; I think this… Read More

  • Green machines from MIT's Product Engineering Processes


    Some MIT engineering students were given an assignment to prototype something based on the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Seven 18-student teams teams were formed and came up with some pretty cool stuff. One team made a solar powered bin that detects and separates recyclables dropped into it. Another found a way to separate the oil from used oil filters before dumping… Read More

  • T-t-t-talking 'bout my copyright morality generation gap


    Columnist David Pogue relates an entertaining anecdote today in the NY Times about an encounter with drug-sniffing dogs in an airport bathroom. Actually, on closer reading, it’s more about how the baby boomers have a fundamentally different outlook on file-sharing and copyright law than their kids. Apparently while describing the various shades of copyright “violation”… Read More

  • Wii Opera SDK released to the public; time to customize your Nin-ternet


    Now’s your chance, amateur coders, to create a piece of software that can run in Opera’s rich browser environment on the Wii, or make some cool use of the wiimotes. Gestures, graphical web interfaces, sharing, it’s a whole Wiib 2.0 party with Java and all. The SDK and more info can be found through the hyperlinked text below. Wii Opera SDK [via Go Nintendo] Read More

  • GPS unit speaks to you in your own sexy* voice


    *your sexiness may vary.
    This thing sounds kind of cool, if you’re the type of person who likes to hear yourself talk. You use a web app to record a set of sounds (“At the next intersection, wang a right”) and then download them and stick them on your GPS unit — assuming you have a TomTom brand one. They’re hoping to have more brands support them in the… Read More

  • Touchscreen Blackberry: Myth or Legend?


    Rumors have been swirling for months about this mysterious cryptogadget, the rumored Blackberry 9000 series. Does it have a touchscreen? Do its specs exceed the iPhone’s? Well, some patent documents filed show a slide-out QWERTY keyboard hiding under a fat touchscreen display that rivals or exceeds the dimensions and pixel count of the iPhone, which currently sports the sexiest… Read More

  • Lobster Eye X-Ray Inspection Device: real gadget, real name


    You’ll be seeing this at the airport soon, I think. Everyone was concerned when they started saying they would install X-ray backscatter scanners at the security checkpoints, and those things couldn’t move. Now we’ve got a similar (to laypeople) technology in a mobile, pointable form. Sounds great! These things work by emitting X-rays and analyzing the reflections; they… Read More